An invisible red thread connects those that are destined to meet,regardless of time,place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.~Ancient Chinese Proverb

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's almost Christmas!!!!!

Holy smokes! Where has the month gone? It's December 22nd....only 2 more nights until "you know who" comes".... And we are READY!!
It seems that we have spent everyday since the day after Thanksgiving, getting ready for the BIG day that's approaching. The Boys have patiently moved the advent calendar each day, slowly getting closer and closer to the 24th.
I catch them glancing under the tree, taking stock of the gifts, just in case "one more" has been added with THEIR name on it.
We started off the month with a super festive Holiday Party..and would you guess who was the guest of honor?? Yep...the Big man himself..SANTA!!
The kids couldn't believe that Santa Clause was actually walking into their house!!! Talk about being blown away. Sweet Santa stayed for awhile, telling stories, gathering lists and posing for lots of photos with our kiddos and some of their friends. It was a magical night, and after it was all over, I noticed my sweet Nick, sitting on the couch, quietly crying. When I asked him what was wrong, he sweetly replied that tonight had been the best night of his life and that he already missed Santa. Magical.

Decorating the house is always so much fun. Watching the kids get so excited to hang their own ornaments and stockings just reminds me HOW sweet this Season is. Having Mia get to experience all of the lights and music for the first time, was extremely bittersweet.

Our silly, mischievous Elf, Fruitcake, returned from the North Pole, to spend the month watching over us and making sure that we all stay on the Nice List.
The Boys have enjoyed waking each morning to see what silly things He has gotten into...

We have had a great time decorating cookies, baking, attending Christmas parties and Programs. Our sweet Alex was the Innkeeper in his school program and delivered a stellar performance with his singing...

And what does Mommy do, when she realizes that the month is speeding ahead of her and there are still desserts to bake and gifts to wrap??

We enjoyed an annual tradition of changing the kiddos into their jammies, heading in the car and riding through the Lights at the River...and then heading to the Doughnut Shop, for treats...

We celebrated an early Christmas with the loved ones that we won't get to see on Christmas Day. The kids got presents and we enjoyed our time together..

We decided to take our own Christmas Card photos this year...just too stressful to do it professionally. Out of about 100 I snapped, I managed to get 5 for our card..
Here are a few of the good..and the ones that didn't make the cut...

December has been an amazing month, and we are looking forward to the last 9 days that it has to bring...
You KNOW I'll update ya on how Christmas goes, and with looots of photos.

From our Family to yours...we wish you the happiest Holiday Season, with lots of cookies, hot cocoa and sweet snuggles from loved ones...

Merry Christmas, y'all!!!!!!